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Amy Flower
(amy@dvd.net.au)
  1. Describe your age.
    Two individual numbers joined together, one is quite innocuous, the other quite disturbing.

  2. Where were you five years ago?
    Living too close to the casino. Looking for shoes that fit...

  3. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
    Getting better pay for my abilities (and owning lots of shoes that fit!)

  4. What's a good night's entertainment for you and your friends?
    Movies (at home or out) or a good local band, yummy food, perhaps a nice merlot or something vodka or Baileys based and if the mood takes a round of Scrabble...

  5. What got you into DVD and how long ago?
    The prospect of having my favourite films on a compact little disc that theoretically won't deteriorate like my old VHS tapes. I only began my addiction at the beginning of 2001, the fear of financial damage from feeding the machine had previously held me back... this fear was justified, too!

  6. What do you love about DVD?
    Its compactness, its quality, seeing films (generally) in their proper aspect ratios and the studios who are nice enough to put lots of groovy extras on them for me to play with.

  7. Given the advances in DVD over the past few years, does the format still surprise you and why?
    I marvel at it every time I watch one. I do wish somebody had possessed the intelligence to put buffers in the players to avoid clunky layer changes though - the only major fault in the design as far as I am concerned.

  8. What title in your collection do you use to introduce friends and family to DVD and why?
    None in particular, I will choose one depending upon their taste in movies.

  9. Outside of DVD, what keeps you entertained?
    Music (especially local and more 'indie' stuff), my friends and family, shopping, Buffy, The Simpsons, West Wing, Cold Feet, The Micallef Program/Programme/Pogram, Douglas Adams (RIP) plus some other stuff... Oh, did I say Buffy?

  10. Have you ever met someone famous before and/or wish to meet someone famous?
    A few people. Lisa Simpson (well, Yeardley Smith), 2/3 of Spinal Tap, the wonderful Mavis's plus some other local bands such as Hoodoo Gurus, Tom Jones (who is so short he would make a good coffee table!), The Cardigans, Carter USM (Fruitbat rocks!), The Longpigs, Nick Cave, Kim Wilde, Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys... ooh, and I recently met 3/4 of the best band ever (New Order) - and they weren't prats! YAY!

    Most people I'd really like to meet I actually wouldn't - Jarvis from Pulp (mmmmmm!), Thom from Radiohead - as I'd hate to run the risk of finding out that they're prats.

  11. What is your current method of transport and what would you like to upgrade to?
    Charlotte Charlotte the Echo. When I win Tattslotto the first thing I'll get is a new VW Beetle bug, if only the green wasn't so icky... oh, and/or a Suzuki Cappuccino, or an MGF...

  12. What is your favorite recipe/meal/take-away?
    Yummy FISH AND CHIPS!!!

    I apparently make a rather nice vegetarian lasagne, too.

  13. What is the only joke you seem to remember when people around you are telling jokes?
    Q. Why was 6 sad? A. Because 7 8 9.

  14. Can you juggle? Can you juggle knives? Can you still juggle?
    Not balls or knives, but workloads yes.

  15. What are the most memorable nicknames you've had in your lifetime?
    Hmm the ones I wish to remember? Goddess, Angel, Amazon woman... :)

  16. What was the first video game you fell in love with, on what machine? What is your favourite now?
    Donkey Kong and Mr Do! in the arcades. My all time enduring favourite is Tetris on most anything, and Tetrisphere on the N64. Nebulus and Wizball on the C64 are also deserving of a mention, and Puzzle Bobble on anything, and...

  17. What are your favourites? (Music, movies, books, anything!)
    Movies: 'The Princess Bride', 'Wuthering Heights' (1939), 'The Castle', 'The Blues Brothers', 'Chasing Me', 'Shooting Fish', 'Better Off Dead', 'Pretty in Pink', 'Valley Girl', 'North by Northwest', 'Josie and the Pussycats' and lots more I can't quite think of currently.

    Music: NEW ORDER!!!, The Mavis's, Clouds, Pulp, Blur, Radiohead before they lost the plot completely (in other words, pre-'Kid A') and lots of similar stuff.

    Books: ANYTHING by Douglas Adams, music biographies...

  18. What DON'T you like about DVD?
    3: Not being able to get 'Valley Girl' at all. At least I know 'The Castle' is coming - one day... apparently...

    2: Buying a disc to find it is being re-released with more extras a few months later...

    1: SNAPPER CASES (and any other non-Amaray sized cases)!!! :(~~~~~~
    Warner Australia showed how clever they were by ditching them, unfortunately their US and UK counterparts are still complete twits. And then they went and ruined everything by releasing heaps of NTSC titles here, and completely stuffing up 'Harry Potter'. Go figure. :|

Amy's recent reviews:

The Simpsons - Gone Wild
"Fox get the dartboard out again to compile another haphazard four-episode release of Simpsons episodes… "

The Commitments: SE
"A rollicking good flick that manages to be musical without being naff..."

Placebo - Soulmates Never Die: Live in Paris
"One for all Nancy Boys and Ashtray Girls to treasure."

Amazon Women on the Moon
"...worth a look if you’ve never before had the pleasure. Bullshit, or not?"

Jack & Sarah
"Proving that simplicity is no obstruction to brilliance, this is an ultimately sweet (but not sickeningly so) tale that gives all those bigger English films out there a more than respectable run for their money... "

Simple Minds: Seen the Lights - A Visual History
"All the good - and bad - from the period of SImple Minds' life they want us to remember..."

The Simpsons - Bart Wars
"...those desperate for ad-free Simpsonified entertainment may very well be happier than a freshly-oiled droid."

Belle & Sebastian - Fans Only
"Anybody canny enough to ‘get’ the B&S vibe should cuddle this one blissfully to their breast..."

Inspiral Carpets - Live at Brixton Academy
"Moo!"

Erasure - Hits! The Videos
"…enough to send any fan of Clarke’s wonderful Fisher Price toy-styled plinky-plonk pop tunes absolutely gaga."


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